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Saturday, February 15, 2014

'Downton Abbey' Is Downright Un-American - Bloomberg

Americans of all people ought to know better. After all, the reason most of us are here is that our ancestors were the sort of people who became servants, rather than employed them -- and they didn’t like it one bit.


Yes, it's quite true what Meagan says about Downton Abbey. It's OK as a show. I'm caught up on the episodes. But I'm damned if I often met upper class toffs who were remotely as charming as those in the show. I'll make one exception -- a certain Lord Murray of New Haven (he insisted we call him Murray) who came to Cornell to study cows. If they were sincerely interested in agriculture, that was one thing. But otherwise, they were mostly wasting away their money until they could die off.

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Miss McA rather overlooked the fact that early American society made ample use not only of servants but of indentured labour and of slaves. I think she was being rather hoity-toity.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 15, 2014 2:44:37 PM